`Step?, made in spring 1974, is one of Scobie?s first large-scale, welded aluminium sculptures, made simultaneously with a related work, `Turn?, but preceded by a much larger work, `Iris?. While his work was indebted to Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, being unyielding and abstract, these three works marked a move towards a more personal, almost figurative mode. `Step? was partly inspired by Auguste Rodin?s `Walking Man? from 1877-8, in the sense of a figure having a strong forward movement, yet being balanced on two scissor-like legs; `Step? carries a related sense of movement and precarious balance. This idea is cemented in the title.